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Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home.

What is Radon?

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  • Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. 
  • You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your hom
  • Radon is a national environmental health problem. Elevated radon levels have been discovered in every state.
  • Current state surveys show that 1 home in 5 has elevated radon levels

How Does Radon Get into Your Home?

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  • Radon comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. 
  • It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. 
  • Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up.

What are the Health Effects from Exposure to Radon?

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  • There are no immediate symptoms from exposures to radon. 
  • Based on an updated Assessment of Risk for Radon in Homes, radon in indoor air is estimated to cause about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States.
  • Smokers are at higher risk of developing Radon-induced lung cancer. 
  • Lung cancer is the only health effect which has been definitively linked with radon exposure. 

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